There has been a lot of concern about a recent rash of bomb threats against Jewish community centers in the U.S., numbering in the hundreds. Many have interpreted these threats as a sign of rising anti-Semitism, but it turns out that they may all have been made by a 19-year-old with dual American and Israel citizenship who lives in Ashkelon.
The young man, whose name has not been made public, apparently has severe medical and perhaps mental problems which, among other things, caused him to be rejected for service in the IDF. It is now being reported in Israel that the man may have been paid by foreign governments to conduct his campaign against Jewish institutions in the U.S. and elsewhere:
A teenager with dual US-Israeli citizenship who allegedly made hundreds of false bomb threats over the years to Jewish community centers around the world may have been paid for foreign entities to do so, Channel 2 reported Thursday night.
The suspect, a resident of the southern coastal city of Ashkelon, was arrested by Israeli authorities after a worldwide search for the person or persons responsible for a flood of bomb threats targeting Jewish institutions in the US, Europe, and Israel.
Police say the man may be behind hundreds of such threats, going back two to three years.
The special Lahav 433 investigation unit discovered a Bitcoin account operated by the suspect. A series of large deposits from overseas sources suggests the suspect may have been working on behalf of foreign interests.
It will be extremely interesting to find out what “foreign interests” have been paying this individual. I assume they will be identified in due course.